P995: Science enrichment programs
This talk will review several high school science enrichment programs with special attention to Science Research, which is a program that offers gifted students the opportunity to journey into scientific research under the apprenticeship of a research mentor, where they can gain an understanding of the underpinnings of modern scientific research – an opportunity that most high school students do not encounter in their formal science coursework. Come learn about this program, which skillfully marries the ideas of experiential learning and social experience, which is supported and structured by classroom learning. The talk will include information about the classroom course, which serves as a support system for the literacy skills needed to successfully design an original project, independently as well as anecdotes from student laboratory experiences. “Senior scientists (e.g., teachers, researchers, etc.) and students working together in a mutual learning process is the strongest model for student retention and personal involvement in science. Furthermore, there is no better way to excite students and to insure their continued involvement in scientific pursuits than to give them individualized active engagement and ownership of part of a creative scientific activity at an early stage in their development.” – James T. Spencer, Syracuse University.